What we do
The National Information Systems Group (NISG) provides Solution Stewardship for the national child health IT systems. We manage them on a day-to-day basis and work with users and the supplier to ensure that requirements are met.
What Child Health Systems are
The four national child health systems are:
Support Needs System (SNS): a sophisticated clinical tool which enables accurate recording of a child’s problem or condition, including details of disabilities/impairments, the support or services a child needs and receives; the health care professionals involved and other pertinent information.
Scottish Immunisation Recall System (SIRS): ensures that all children under the age of six are invited to receive full courses of immunisations and boosters against Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Poliomyelitis, Haemophilus Influenza B, Measles, Mumps and Rubella and Meningitis C.
More recently the system has been used for school-age children in the management of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and further Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio (Td/IPV) immunisations.
Child Health Systems Programme – Pre-School (CHSP-PS): a call/recall system which facilitates the process of Child Health Surveillance and records the results of clinical examinations from shortly after birth until school entry.
Child Health Systems Programme – School (CHSP-School): supports the aims of the school health service by facilitating the call/recall of both primary and secondary pupils for examination and immunization. It allows the recording of referrals and referral updates and supports efficient and effective administrative practice.
Functionality has been added to support NHSScotland’s Child Healthy Weight programme.
- NISG’s Solution Stewardship expertise underpins the provision of an efficient and consistent method of recording child-specific clinical information throughout Scotland;
- The child health systems play a major part in monitoring the health and development of children; and
- Support the Scottish Government’s Health for All Children (Hall 4) framework and Getting it right for every child approach to child care.